Bryan Schwartzman, Staff Writer for Jewish Exponent reports:
As the Obama administration awaited an official response from Iran as to whether it would abide by a draft plan concerning uranium enrichment, two Pennsylvania lawmakers highlighted efforts on Capitol Hill and in Harrisburg to enact deeper sanctions against the Iranian regime.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and State Rep. Josh Shapiro (D-District 153) touted those efforts during an Oct. 26 news conference held at the Jewish Community Services Building in Philadelphia. Casey and U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) introduced the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act, which would authorize state and local governments — and their pension funds — to divest from companies doing business with Iran’s energy sector.
Since 2007, Shapiro has advocated that Pennsylvania divest its pension funds from investing in foreign-owned companies that do business with Iran.
His Terror Free Investment act passed the House in 2008, but died in the Senate as the economy went into a tailspin. He’s now working on getting more support in the Senate this time around.
A number of Casey supporters and influential Jewish Democrats attended the session. While no Republican lawmakers were there, both Casey and Shapiro stressed that their bills have bipartisan support.
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